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Storm Spotter Training Class Held in the Falls

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With severe weather season about a month away, the National Weather Service Center held a storm spotter training class on Saturday.

About 100 people many of them first responders packed the Shawnee Theatre at Midwestern State University to learn about severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Multiple fire departments and sheriff's offices took part in the seminar.

"A lot of our spotters are firemen and sheriff's deputies and emergency management coordinators. These are people who are in the communities, they know the communities and they also have a real interest in what happens with the weather," said Rick Smith with the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service depends on their spotters and relies on them for ground truth which is what is actually happening outside.

Since meteorologists use Doppler Radar, it is difficult for them to tell exactly how big the hail is or if there is actually a tornado occurring.